Is the Museum the right venue for our event?
We offer an exceptional setting for many types of gatherings and can accommodate a wide variety of needs. We recommend you schedule a tour prior to booking your event to ensure that the Museum is the perfect fit. Please note that we do not have a single room to accommodate sit-down dinners of more than 80-90 people. However, we can certainly place tables throughout the Museum for fun and unique seating or use the Plaza. Please discuss the options with Museum staff.
When can we rent the Children’s Museum of Denver?
Our facility can be rented year round, depending on availability. Meetings, focus groups and small parties can be held during business hours. After-hours events may begin one hour after closing and events must conclude by 11 p.m. (including cleanup time) unless an alternate time is approved by Museum staff.
What are your regular business hours?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Is there a fee for parking?
In most cases, parking is free of charge for rental guests. However, an additional fee for parking may apply depending on the date and time of the event, or guest amenities such as valet parking.
What are your catering guidelines?
Rental clients are required to use a caterer from the Museum’s Approved Caterer List, unless advance approval is given by the Guest Services Sales Coordinator. These Approved Caterers know our facility very well and will help to ensure your event runs smoothly. Should you wish to use another caterer, permission must be confirmed in writing at least four (4) weeks prior to the event, a fee of $250 may be assessed and proper licensing, insurance and a walkthrough will be required prior to the event. No open flames are permitted in the Children’s Museum
Alcoholic beverages may only be served at after-hours events and food must also be served. Management and distribution of alcohol must be performed by a bartender with current TIPS certification.
Is there a reservation deposit?
To reserve your event date and time, a signed rental agreement is due within two (2) weeks of receiving the agreement from the Children's Museum, along with a non-refundable deposit equal to 25% of the total rental fee.
Can we decorate?
Of course! All decorations must be approved by Museum staff and must follow our facility and environmental guidelines: no tacks, nails or tape may be used on any surface of the Children’s Museum. Helium balloons and fog machines are not permitted. You may decorate/setup prior to your event, although additional charges may apply and a designated time must be approved by Museum staff. You are responsible for removing all decorations.
Does CMD require liability insurance?
Yes. Please call 303.561.0121 for more details.
Where can we set up presentations, activities or performers?
Depending on scale, our Theater is an excellent spot for entertainers to perform, to set-up food, for dancing, etc. During good weather, the Museum plaza is available for rental.
The Theater has a large performance area with retractable bleacher seating for approximately 150 people and offers lighting, a sound system with podium, microphone(s) and vibrant wall murals. Due to our circuit restrictions, any electrical equipment brought into the Museum must be 120V or lower. AV equipment and entertainers are not included in the cost of the rental.
Will we need security?
Security is included for most after-hours events.
How many people can we have at the Children’s Museum?
The maximum rental capacity of the Children’s Museum of Denver is 500. This includes catering, security or other personnel. Events with guests under the age of 18 must provide the appropriate ratio of 1 adult to every 6 children. The renter is also responsible for staffing any special requirements including coat check, check-in table, valet parking, etc.
Do we have to clean up?
Yes, the Children’s Museum is a self-setup and -cleanup facility. Museum staff will assist, but you are ultimately responsible for all setup and cleanup.
Do we provide our own tables and chairs?
The Children's Museum has a limited number of chairs and tables available. Please ask about current quantities. Basic black linens are provided. Should you require additional equipment or decor, please contact our Approved Rental Company, Bulter Rents, at 303.388.5971.
Where can we eat and drink?
A number of spaces are available to set-up for sit down dinners, buffets and cocktail receptions. Please schedule a tour to see what we have to offer. No food or beverage is permitted within the Museum’s exhibit spaces without permission, and is never allowed in the Center for the Young Child.
Can we smoke?
Smoking is not permitted on Museum property.
Do you have any feedback from past renters?
"The Children's Museum of Denver has proved to be the perfect setting for our annual event. The venue provides endless entertainment for our guests and their staff is very professional and a delight to work with. Our program wouldn't work anywhere else, and we truly feel that the Museum is a valued partner in this event. We can't wait to come back!" - Terri Taylor, Bryan Cave HRO
"The Children’s Museum of Denver was a great place to host our annual Breakfast with Santa company event. We heard nothing be great things from our employees, thanking us for such a great party. The helpful staff and interactive venue played a major role in this event’s success.” - Jamie Urruty, Newfield